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Twisted (I) (2004)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  27 February 2004 (USA)
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Jessica, whose father killed her mother and committed suicide, is a police officer. While investigating a murder, she finds herself in the center of her own investigation, when her former lovers start dying.



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Dr. Melvin Frank
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Ray Porter
Wilson Jefferson
James Oliver Bullock ...
John Flanagan
William Hall ...
Chip Marshall
Larry Geber
Bob Sherman (as James Hechim)


Jessica Shepard is an on the rise police officer of San Francisco's esteemed police department, after having solved a big case about a serial killer. Her mentor John Mills is proud of Jessica as a father would be of his daughter, since Mills was the partner of Jessica's late father. With a newly established promotion, Jessica finds that she might once again have to prove herself in a department that takes no prisoners. Not to mention a new partner named Mike Delmarco, who might be Jessica's next closest thing to a confidant. However, a man has been found dead and the two officers are brought into the investigation. What they find is a surprise when the dead in question was a man Jessica slept with, he being part of a list of one night stands that Jessica has engaged in. Now under suspicion and a terrible drinking problem gnawing at her, Jessica will have to prove to her superiors and to her skeptical partner that she's not the one behind the murders and Mills is one of the few people ... Written by mystic80

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An elusive killer. A brilliant detective. Maybe one and the same? See more »

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Rated R for violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 February 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Blackout Murders  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,904,299 (USA) (27 February 2004)


$984,664 (Italy) (26 November 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


'Mark Pellegrino' and Titus Welliver costar in this movie, both on the same side of law enforcement. Later, they would costar in the television series Lost (2004), where they would play opposing sides in the island's good and evil mythology as Jacob (the man in white) and The Man in Black. See more »


In first scene we see her neck is bloodied by the point of her suspect's knife. In the following scene at the bar, her neck is perfectly fine - no band-aid or even scratch. See more »


[first lines]
Edmund Cutler: [knife to her neck] I can hear your heart beating. Sounds like you've got an animal in your chest, trying to get out. Sounds like blood. Sounds like flesh.
[starts unzipping her jacket]
Edmund Cutler: What's this? *What* *is* *this*?
Jessica Shepard: It's my gun.
[suddenly overpowers him and he's on the ground]
Edmund Cutler: Don't hurt me!
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References The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) See more »


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Okay, Not Bad....Certainly Doesn't 'Stink'
4 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had heard several people say, "Don't rent this movie; it stinks," but took a shot anyway because Ashley Judd is appealing to me. Well, I wouldn't buy the film but it worth the rental. It wasn't bad at all. It was a decent "serial killer movie" except for the ending which went on too long and got a bit sappy, but a lot of movies are know for that. However, by the end, all the characters (including Judd's "Jessica Shepard") had worn thin and I was glad to see it end.

I also had heard that the ending was easy to figure out but I didn't find that. Actually, I thought I, but I guessed wrong and I assume others did as well. So, don't believe everything you hear; it's a decent film. Nothing to spend a lot of money on, but you could do a lot worse. With Judd, Andy Garcia, Samuel L. Jackson and David Strathairn, the same could be said about the cast

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